Music theory and musicianship

Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

We teach a full range of Music Theory classes for Western staff notation, and Musicianship classes to enhance your practical music skills from composition to sight-singing.

Each course is a live, interactive class with presentations, discussions and study exercises lead by your teacher. Most courses run online (via Zoom) and will have an accompanying online ‘Google classroom’ with handouts and sound files to enhance your learning between sessions. To read more visit our blog: Musicianship & Music Theory courses at City Lit

Our staff are all professional musicians - performers, composers and music historians - many with a postgraduate music qualification. Please see individual course outlines for tutor biographies.

Many of our music theory students have used our courses as preparation for ABRSM music theory exams (external to city lit) and achieved excellent results. Students also learn out of curiosity and exams are not compulsory! The vast majority of our students are learning to support their instrumental or singing studies as they have decided they would like to read staff music notation with more confidence.

We have classes for complete beginners as well as advanced students so please email us at music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like help choosing the correct level course for your current need

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  1. Music theory: grade 3
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four

    sharps/flats. break week: June 1st, 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  2. Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F and G, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop your rhythm writing and playing. Live classes online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
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  3. Song writing pod
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  4. Ear training
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included. Live online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  5. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. Suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read. Live classes online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. This course has three scheduled break weeks: 3rd, 17th and 31st May 2021 (includes Bank holidays).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
  7. Sight-reading for choral singers
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join experienced singer and conductor, Penny Homer, for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A single session 'clinic' that aims to help you hear and steer in jazz swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  9. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  10. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  11. Songwriting: form and function
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. In these online sessions we will examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  12. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. Live interactive sessions online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play in these online sessions, reading and writing rhythms, and working by ear.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  14. Jazz repertoire
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Enjoy the challenge of learning to play jazz tunes in these online sessions. For players with good instrumental technique, aural and reading skills. Jazz and Latin tunes for study will be announced two weeks ahead of the course start date.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Sight-singing
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your sight singing skills through the application of Kodaly methodologies. These online sessions will help you to link sounds and symbols, improving your ability to hear music off the page, and to memorise and transcribe what you hear.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00

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